My wife first met Sam at Casa Robles high school in Orangevale California (suburb of Sacramento). She walked into a room full of about 80 Air Force ROTC students. At that point in time, my daughter Erin only knew Sam in passing. Out of those 80 or so students in the room, only one of them came
up to my wife and introduced himself. Yes—that was Sam. She knew right from the beginning that he was a very special young man.
Eventually Sam and Erin connected and have been soul-mates ever since. It’s interesting to note that both Sam and Erin were the leaders (commanders) of their ROTC unit when they were seniors in high school (Erin was one year ahead of Sam).
Sam and Erin were married on a hot summer day at Folsom Lake by my dear friend Morey. I was so proud that my daughter was marrying such a wonderful young man. Although I cried like a baby all through the father-daughter dance, I knew that I was leaving her in good hands. I knew that my daughter was marrying the man of her dreams—what more can a father ask for?